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What We’ve Been Reading #79

Today our team members are sharing three recent and recommended reads. We have a fine mix of stories to share with you! There’s a fun bug filled book, a beautiful gothic tale and a Halloween collection (psssst it’s always Halloween around here!). We hope you find something you’ll love!

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infested by Carol Gore

Infested by Carol Gore

Swarms of powerful mosquitoes sucking victims dry. Insatiable horseflies feasting on living flesh. Huge roaches with a ferocious bite. No tent is safe at the Green Swamp Zip-Line Adventure and Campground.

Camp manager, Casey Lovitt, and entomologist, Dr. Phillip Edwards, must go up against powerful business interests and cover-ups from the local sheriff’s department to stop the deadly infestation. And with the busy tourist season fast approaching, time is running out. Will Casey and Phillip stop the onslaught of hungry bugs, or will the bodies continue to pile up among the long-buried secrets of the Green Swamp?

Book 2 in the Rewind-or-Die series: imagine your local movie rental store back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures. Remember the blood.

Amazon | Goodreads

Audra’s Teaser Review

The story gets to everything that I like to see in short horror stories. It has a great protagonist, an interesting twist I didn’t see coming, and plenty of gory action. I cared about what happened to the characters and was equally excited to see some crazy bug death. A fun read!

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.


Helena by Claire L. Smith

On the outskirts of London, 1855, mortician and funeral director Helena Morrigan struggles with her limited finances and the heavy burdens of her past. Desperate to secure herself, she takes up residence in an aged house closer the graveyard, closer to the lost souls that sense her torment and are determined to take her place in the mortal world.

As she tries to tame and free the ghostly figures around her, she becomes acquainted with the owners of the home, the recently orphaned siblings, Eric, Audrey and Christian Tarter.

Yet, the souls she wants to save are on edge as a horrific serial killer runs rampant, giving Helena a boost in business and suspicion. Against her best efforts, Helena is suddenly thrown into a bloody mystery where new and old friendships are tested, innocents are maimed and a horrific family secret that threatens her chance at a peaceful existence and her existence itself.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

This is Claire L. Smith’s debut and it is haunting, beautiful, and fast-paced! 

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Audra’s Teaser Review

What I most appreciated about this novella was its mixing of the conventional and the completely unique. If you love Gothic tales, this one will appeal to you in both substance and style, but it will also surprise you.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Cassie’s Teaser Review

Smith’s writing is lyrical and evocative, immersing the reader in the dark atmosphere of Helena’s world. Lush language and beautiful descriptions with a heavy reliance on similes made up the meat of the writing, making this a really luxurious and almost poetic reading experience – perfect for the Gothic vibes of the story. I found Smith’s written voice both compelling and enchanting, and I’m really looking forward to reading more of her work in the future – which is convenient, since she’s announced a new book coming out this year!

Read Cassie’s entire review at Let’s Get Galactic.


Halloween Season

Halloween Season by Lucy A. Snyder

Halloween is the most wonderful part of the year for many of us. For dedicated fans, the season begins when the leaves start turning autumn colors and doesn’t finish until Hallowtide ends in November. With it comes a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course trick or treat. But Halloween is also a deeply spiritual time for some; it’s an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed on.

Master storyteller Lucy A. Snyder has filled her cauldron with everything that Halloween means to her and distilled it into a spell-binding volume of stories. Within these pages you’ll find thrills and chills, hilarity and horrors, the sweet and the naughty.

One of the best things about Halloween is you don’t have to be yourself. So go ahead and try on a new mask or two… you may discover hidden talents as a witch, a pirate, a space voyager, a zombie fighter, or even an elf. This is the perfect collection to celebrate the season of the dead or to summon those heady autumn vibes whenever you like. You may even find a couple of tales that evoke a certain winter holiday that keeps trying to crowd in on the fun.

In the worlds within this book, every day is Halloween!

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Laurie’s Teaser Review

Halloween Season is an eclectic collection of short stories and a poem or two. The stories aren’t all focused on or around Halloween but they’re all interesting and some are darkly comical (my favorite) so they’re definitely worth a read any time of the year!

Read Laurie’s entire review at Bark at the Ghouls.

Alex’s Teaser Review

Halloween Season is a fun collection of short stories and a few poems, each with a different theme and exploring different terrors. As the synopsis indicates, there are a couple of Christmas stories thrown in… because as we know, Christmas is always being shoved down our throats before Halloween even happens!

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.


Laurie is one of our LOHF Admins. Laurie creates our review posts, coordinates review requests, oversees the Ladies of Horror Fiction directory, and manages our LOHF Goodreads group.

You can find Laurie on her blog Bark’s Book Nonsense, on Twitter as @barksbooks, on Instagram as @barksbooks, and on Goodreads.


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